FAQs

FAQs

Solar FAQ

HOW DOES SOLAR POWER WORK?

Solar power systems simply and with no moving parts convert sunlight into electricity for your home or business. Silicon wafers similarly embedded in your laptop or cell phone captures energy from sunlight and converts it into DC power. The secondary part of the non-moving system, inverters, then transfers 120 volt AC power and connected to your home’s or business’s existing electrical system, as well as your neighborhood’s electrical grid. When the sun is shining (generally 310 days a year in Arizona unless it’s raining), most homes are able to generate more power than you consume. This means your electrical meter will actually spin backward! Then, at night when your home or business is no longer generating power you’ll draw on utility company’s less expensive power, essentially using the electrical grid as a energy storage.

CAN I REALLY GET SOLAR POWER INSTALLED FOR $0 DOWN?

Yes! Not only can you get it installed for $0 down but you will also save money on your monthly electricity bills and own your solar™. Through government incentives and appealing financing, you can get solar installed for nothing down and your only commitment is paying your monthly electricity bill which will be at a rate lower than what you already pay the utility companies. It is an amazing program available to consumers but could only be available for a limited time depending on how long government programs allowing you to sell power to the utility companies are kept in place. We take care of all the details ensuring an incredibly simple process for you to get solar power in your home. Just be sure to act now so you can take advantage of these excellent programs!

IS MY HOME A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SOLAR?

Your home’s or business’s location, shading from parapet walls or trees, the square footage of your roof, the type of roof, and the electrical panel are all factors which need to be looked at while you consider solar for your home or business. Generally, you want to install a solar electric (PV) system in a location which is free from shading. Additionally, it is ideal if the roof itself is oriented south, west, or east. Our energy consultants will consider all of these factors, and assist will the best options that may affect the amount of power your solar power system is able to produce. This isn’t to say that if you have shading on your roof or if your roof isn’t facing the right direction you can’t qualify for the solar program. You will be able to choose from an array of products to still qualify for an efficient system. That is why we strongly urge anyone that is interested in solar to complete our online application which will Unleash Your Power To Save. Fill Out Our Application Form Now.

HOW MUCH POWER CAN I PRODUCE ON MY ROOF?

Usually, the amount of roof space is enough to generate a match to your energy usage. In some cases, your restriction starts from the shading on your roof or north facing rooftops. Most of the time we can set up a system to match your expectations.

HOA FAQ

Must your HOA approve solar? yes!

New Laws allow homeowners who reside in an HOA to have solar installed on their roof. HOA must comply with Federal and State Laws to Allow for Solar. Home associations who continually delay meetings to approve solar are obstructing federal and state laws to allow for solar. Some homeowners’ private associations have tried to ban homeowners from installing solar panels for a variety of reasons. Arizona law now protects individual homeowners’ private property rights to solar access by dissolving any local covenant, restriction or condition attached to a property deed that restricts the use of solar energy. The following is a direct statement from the Arizona State Law: Solar Technology ruling.

What is the Arizona State Law?

A.R.S. § 33-1816 Solar energy devices; reasonable restrictions; fee and costs

http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.aspinDoc=/ars/33/01816.htm&Title=33$DocType=ARS

A. Notwithstanding any provision in the community documents, an association shall not prohibit the installation or use of a solar energy device as defined in section 44-1761.

B. An association may adopt reasonable rules regarding the placement of a solar energy device if those rules do not prevent the installation, impair the functioning of the device or restrict its use or adversely affect the cost or efficiency of the device.

C. Notwithstanding any provision of the community documents, the court shall award reasonable attorney fees and costs to any party who substantially prevails in an action against the board of directors of the association for a violation of this section.

“Collector” means a component of a solar energy device that is used to absorb solar radiation, convert it to heat or electricity and transfer the heat to a heat transfer fluid or to storage. “Heat exchanger” means a component of a solar energy device that is used to transfer heat from one fluid to another. “Solar daylighting” means a device specifically designed to capture and redirect the visible portion of the solar beam spectrum, while controlling the infrared portion, for the use in illumination interior building spaces in lieu of artificial lighting. “Solar energy device” means a system or series of mechanisms designed primarily to provide heating, to provide heating, to provide cooling, to produce electrical power, to produce mechanical power, to provide solar daylighting or to provide any combination of the foregoing by means of collecting and transferring solar generated energy into such uses either by active or passive means. Such systems may also have the capability of storing such energy for future utilization. Passive system shall clearly be designed as a solar energy device such as a trombe wall and not merely a part of a normal structure such as a window. “Storage unit” means a component of a solar energy device that is used to store solar generated electricity or heat for later use.

Installation & Design FAQ

HOW DOES SOLAR GET INSTALLED TO THE ROOF?

The system is attached to the roof with city approved hardware for each specific roof type. Each penetration by PEP Solar is designed with several code-required fail safes ensuring your roof will not leak and the system is wind rated 120 miles per hour. All parts of a Solar Electric, Solar Water Heating, Solar Thermal Air Conditioning system, and so forth are UL listed and meet all standards.

CAN I DO THE INSTALLATION ON MY OWN SYSTEM?

Arizona, as well as the utility, does not allow homeowners (unless you are an engineer/electrician) to install the system and take advantage of the state rebates that equate to 10-50% of the system costs. PEP Solar is a certified QSI (Qualified Solar Installer) and will assist you in taking full advantage of all incentives and in most cases provide a better quality system than you can buy online.

DOES IT REQUIRE MAINTENANCE?

No. Solar PV systems are unique in the renewable energy industry. In fact, it requires none or very little maintenance, as it has no moving parts. You may need a simple garden hose to spray them off once in awhile if they get dusty although we do highly recommend you treat your solar PV panels with Sparkle Clean Solar System a nano-dirt repellent.

WHAT HAPPENS WITH HAIL?

Solar Panels are rated to survive a direct hit of 1” hailstone at wind speeds in access of 55 mph. Industry-wide there has been little report of failure due to hail storms. Panel replacement would be covered under most insurance policies.

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